Synopsis by Sarah Ing
Nova documents the life of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in its program Nova: The Best Mind Since Einstein. Like his German predecessor, Feynman achieved great fame for his work with atoms. His theory on quantum electrodynamics won him the aforementioned award. But, Feynman is best known as an original member of the Manhattan Project. His stint at Los Alamos was legendary, peppered with high-witted pranks and boisterous spirit. Feynman was never one to shy from an honest platform. While working on an investigative committee probing the Challenger disaster, the physicist discovered a problem with the O-Rings. He publicly blasted NASA for "playing Russian roulette" with astronaut's lives. Nova's profile celebrates the clever scientist's life in this one-hour episode.